Fury rematch offers Deontay Wilder the chance to prove his champion qualities

After a devastating pair of blows, Deontay Wilder thought he had done what no other boxer had – knocked out Tyson Fury. The Gypsy King lay flat on the canvas while Wilder began his celebrations, dancing around the ring. But as the referee counted down, Fury rose to his feet and against all odds the fight went on. Not even the self-proclaimed “hardest-hitting puncher in boxing history” could keep Fury down.

It’s for that reason that the Gypsy King is favorite to win the rematch in the latest Wilder vs Fury odds. But Wilder should not be taken lightly. After all, he is still the undefeated WBC heavyweight champion. His record speaks for itself, with 40 of his 41 wins coming by way of knockout. The rematch against Fury offers Wilder the chance to reassert his star qualities and prove why he should go down as the best boxer of his generation.

Packing a punch

After the first fight, Wilder must have been wondering what more he could have done to knock Fury out. A stoppage or knockout seems to be his best chance in defeating his opponent in the rematch, given that Fury was the better fighter over the twelve rounds of the first bout. Wilder has proved his devastating punching power throughout his career and if he can land one of his trademark blows on Fury again, there’s no guarantee the Gypsy King will stage a similar recovery to last December.

Of course, it’s easier said than done. Fury is one of the most agile heavyweight boxers the world has ever seen, somehow blessed with an innate light-footedness and speed of head movement despite his 6’9” stature. He is one of the best defensive boxers in the business, able to duck and dodge while scoring hits with his world-renowned jab.

But the knockdowns in the first fight against Wilder proved that there is a vulnerability to be exposed if he can breach Fury’s defensive resolve. The rematch gives the American the chance to prove his punching prowess. If he could knock Fury out, we’ll be talking of Wilder as one of the greatest heavyweight boxers of all time.

Going the distance

Should the rematch go the full 12 rounds once again, that will suit Fury. His famous win against Wladimir Klitschko came by way of a unanimous decision after he dismantled the Ukrainian over 12 rounds. While Wilder’s knockout record is the mark of a great boxer, it’s important that he shows he has the stamina and resolve to win a 12-round fight against one of the world’s best.

During the fight, Wilder looked to tire as the fight went on. He was throwing punches at full throttle, and that can take its toll against an opponent as nimble as Fury. The knockdown in the 12th round seemed to have won it for Wilder before Fury rose once more. In the end, Wilder was fortunate to earn a split-decision draw.

That was only the second time in his career Wilder had been taken the distance. He beat Canadian fighter Bermane Stiverne by unanimous decision in 2015, before knocking him out in the first round of their rematch two and a half years later. Apart from that and the Fury fight, Wilder has stopped his opponent every time.

The ability to win over distance is an important attribute for a heavyweight champion to have. For all Wilder’s punching power, there will be times when opponents are too strong to knock out, and that’s where qualities of endurance and determination need to be shown. The Fury fight offers the perfect chance to prove he can match the Gypsy King over 12 rounds.

The rematch is set to be a cracking encounter. Will it be Fury’s night and add the icing to his remarkable comeback? Or will Wilder give a dominant performance and prove that he is the man to beat in heavyweight boxing? We shall see…

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